Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew
The essays in this volume arose out of the Society of Biblical Literature section on linguistics and Biblical Hebrew and have been selected to provide a summary and statement of the state of the question with regard to a number of areas of investigation. The sixteen articles are organized into sections on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, historical/comparative linguistics, and graphemics.
For instance, unless one knows that [k] and [s] are voiceless while [z] is voiced, a
voicing assimilation rule — explaining, for example, why Israeli Hebrew /yiskor/ '
he will rent' and /yizkor/ 'he will remember' are both pronounced [yiskor] — is ...
As in the example to follow, to a phonologist working on Israeli Hebrew the
existence of the phoneme /⊂/ is problematic. The fact that the written language
has a grapheme ⊂ayin is information of historical significance only, except to the
The descriptive linguist has stumbled upon a very difficult problem in the
descriptive phonology of Israeli Hebrew, and there is no definitive solution. Since
it is easier to posit unexplained loss than it is to posit unexplained insertion, it is
The generative view of the relative importance of knowledge of a specific
language versus knowledge of general language principles is summed up fairly
well in this statement from the preface of a book on the structure of Israeli Hebrew
: While ...
Similarly, linguists who transliterate Israeli Hebrew ¶în and sāmek with different
symbols are making a diachronic or an orthographic, but not a synchronic,
statement. 13. L. M. Hyman, Phonology: Theory and Analysis (New York: Holt,
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Gary A Rendsburg Morphological Evidence for Regional
Walter R Bodine How Linguists Study Syntax
Barry L Bandstra Word Order and Emphasis in Biblical Hebrew
John Huehnergard Historical Phonology and the Hebrew Piel
Stephen J Liebermant Toward a Graphemics of the Tiberian Bible
Walter R Bodine Bibliography
Index of Authorities
Index of Scripture References